Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Thursday, June 29, 1972 THE IETHB3IDGE HERALD S Holiday Village started as construction office Development of the property on which the Holiday Inn now sits was begun in 1951 when Art Bally Construction built its office and warehouse facing Mayor Magrath Drive. Three years later the ware- house was demolished to build the dome-topped Town and Country food centre. The Holi- day Inn now sits where the Town and Country used to be. Nov. 29, 1956 a shop- ping centre was officially open- ed to complement the Town and Country. The sputliward addition of whal was then known as Shoppers World pro- vided space for 16 stores. The 600 persons attending the opening were informed thai the city's largest shopping cen- tre was the first one-stop shop- ping centre in southern Alber- ta. Mayor T. R. Haig said: this venture is only the begin- ning of what promises to grow into an even more phenomenal merchandisers' dream." Developer Art Bally express- ed hope then that within a short time the centre would be fur- ther expanded. It was. The total complex at the opening was valued at mil- lion, 111 ere were 17 stores and businesses in the centre. About 1958 the CHEC Radio two-storey building raided lo (he complex. In 1960 the downstairs portion of Gtendale Bowl was built und the following year the second storey was added. In 1962, following discon- tinuance of Art Batty Construc- tion, the firm's former prem- ises were converted to offices. Five years later the building was lorn down and a new two- storey office structure con- structed. Irv 1968 a mall was built, providing an added con- venience when stropping. The same year Town and Country ceased operations. Town and Country premises remained empty for a year. In late 1969 negotiations were started with Commonwealth Holiday Inns of Canada Ltd. for construction of a major hotel on Ihc site. Holiday Inn, which had been considering locating on the Hull Block in the downtown area, decided on the Mayor Magrath Drive location "because of easier access and egress and proximity to southern and east- ern said Mr. Batty. Demolition of Town and Country premises started late in 1970 and were completed early in 1971. To facilitate construction of the Holiday Inn, which began in June, 1971, it was necessary to close 4th Ave. between Mayor Magrath Drive and 23rd St. Three houses north of the de- velopment had to be relocated to provide additional parking for the expanded complex. At the same time, Ihe Shop- pers World Ltd. name was changed to Holiday Village Ltd. and the complex row is known as Holiday Village. Construction of Holiday Inn was completed ttiis month, one year after it started, at a cost of million. Furnishings costing bring the total development cost of the Holi- day Inn up to million. Val- ue of the entire Holiday Village complex, which in 1951 as a construction company of- fice, now is million. The centre provides three aces of parking for 360 vehicles and two acres of lend covered by building and mall. The centre lias square feet of rentable space including the Holiday Inn and square feet of store and office space. While the Holiday Inn has been under construction, Ihe mall has also been further de- veloped. Orange and yellow acrylic panels have been hung from Ihe ceiling creating an. in- teresting lighting effect up to the Holiday Inn entrance. A total of square feet of lease office space is being de- veloped on the floor above the bowling alley. It is scheduled lo be resdy for occupancy by Aug. 1. There are also four locations available in the mall as a re- sult of the in renova- t i o n s. Mr. Batty is hoping to have a travel agency, men's wear ar.d ladies boutique lo- cated in the mall. Holiday Village Lid. owns tne hotel building. Commonwealth Holiday Inns, which operates Uie entire facility, has a long- term lease on the building. Tenants of Holiday Village Ltd. include: Holiday Inn; CHEC Radio; Dr. G. R. C. Palmer, medical doctor; Pat- terson, Huzil and Associates, lawyers; Demetcr Agro Ltd., mustard seed dealers; Deseret Farms of Alberta Ltd., management office for LDS farm holdings; Vauxhull Foods Ltd., sales office for the Vauxhall operation; Hudson Agencies Ltd., real estate of- fice; Ron Jacobson, lawyer; a shoeshine sUind in Ihe mall; Dr. G. M. Ellison, chiropractor- naturopath opening in mid- July; Occidental Lire, liTe in- surance; Southern Security Services Ltd., security person- nel; Hertz Canada Ltd., rent-a- car; Holiday Flowers; Holiday Village business office; Gift Gallery; TamMyn Western Ltd., drug store; Bankf of Nova Scotia; Parsons Hard- ware and Appliances Ltd.; S-T-R-E-T-C-H and sew Fab- rics, materials and sawing in- structions; Mildred Skrovc Hair Fashions; Holiday Barber Salon; 7-Eleven Store, confec- tionery; Brown, Okamura and Associates, surveyors. May we take this oppuitunity to welcome a new neighbour HOLIDAY INN To Your New Residence! HOLIDAY VILLAGE MILDRED SKROVE HAIR FASHIONS -485 Holiday Village Phone 328-1662 For Appointment SCOTT NATIONAL COMPANY LTD. SNOWCREST GARDEN GEM GOLD STANDBY Supplying Holiday Inn the most complete line of products and services in the food service industry. FRESH PRODUCE: in Ihe fresh produce Sell Value! -Marketing locally and Canadian grown products produce imported from the World's lop growing areas Dole, Chiquita, B.C. Apples, Scona Celery Heorls, clc., jusl a few of the name brand products featured PAPER CROC ERSES Congratulations LETHBRIDGE PHILIP E P R I L E ASSOCIATES LTD. 31 FASKEN DRIVE REXDALE (TORONTO) TEL. (416) 677-7310 SPECIALISTS IN COMPLETE HOTEL SPACE PLANNING DESIGN, FURNISHINGS AND SUPPLY Consultants lo Commonwealth SVOAA of Canada Ltd.